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Ultimate Iceland

10 Days 1 Country 9 Cities

You'll discover the stunning scenery of this country and the warmth of the Icelanders on this Country Explorer trip.

"A must for everyone's bucket list"

Maryanne from Australia

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About this trip

Roam through desolate landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders following in the footsteps of mighty Viking explorers. Iceland is a wonderland of fjords and waterfalls, geysers and glaciers. Explore the quirky capital, Reykjavik, cross the largest mass of lava to have ever flowed on the face of the earth and bathe in the healing waters of the geothermal Blue Lagoon.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: ULIC

9 Nights

accommodation

16 Meals
  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 6 dinners

  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Reykjavik

    • See Eldhraun lava field, Vatnajökull glacier, Eastern fjords and Lake Myvatn

    • View the Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, the Möðrudalsöræfi plateau, Dettifoss waterfall, boiling mud pools at the Námaskarð pass, lava formations at Dimmuborgir and the Godafoss waterfall

    • Visit the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavik and the world famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa


What's Included

Dining

    • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 6 dinners

    • 1 lunch
      (Be My Guest)


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


Ultimate Iceland

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Day 1

Arrive Reykjavik

Seljalandsfoss, Iceland

Day 2

Reykjavik – Thingvellir – Gullfoss – Geyser area – Vík area

Day 3

Vík area – Skaftafell – Jökulsárlón – Höfn

Egilsstadir, Iceland

Day 4

Höfn – Eastern fjords – Lake Lagarfljot

Day 5

Lake Lagarfljot – Dettifoss – Lake Myvatn – Akureyri (2 Nights)

Akureyri, Iceland

Day 6

Akureyri – Siglufjördur Excursion

Day 7

Akureyri – Stykkishólmur

Reykjavik, Iceland

Day 8

Stykkishólmur – Snæfellsnes Peninsula – Reykjavik (2 Nights)

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Day 9

Reykjavik Sightseeing and Blue Lagoon Visit and Bathe

Reykjavik, Iceland

Day 10

Depart Reykjavik

Day 1

Arrive Reykjavik Day 1 - Arrive Reykjavik

Welcome to Reykjavik. The capital of Iceland is yours to start exploring after you check-in to your hotel. Tonight meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel

Grand Reykjavik

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Grand Reykjavik

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Reykjavik – Thingvellir – Gullfoss – Geyser area – Vík area Day 2 - Reykjavik – Thingvellir – Gullfoss – Geyser area – Vík area

First stop leaving Reykjavik will be at the historically significant Thingvellir National Park. Here you can see how the movements of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates created cracks on the Earth's crust. Enjoy great photo opportunities in the world-famous hot spring area of Geyser. Wait a few minutes for Strokkur to erupt and send a spectacular water and steam column high into the air. Close by is the majestic Gullfoss, the 'Golden Waterfall'. Continue along the south shore and stop to admire the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss before arriving in the Vík area for dinner.

Hotel

Katla

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Katla

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 2

Day 3

Vík area – Skaftafell – Jökulsárlón – Höfn Day 3 - Vík area – Skaftafell – Jökulsárlón – Höfn

This morning cross Eldhraun, the largest mass of lava ever to flow on the face of the earth, before reaching the Skaftafell National Park. Here you'll also start seeing the largest glacier in Iceland, the Vatnajökull that covers more than 8% of the island. Continue to the spectacular Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and see the birthplace of icebergs. You'll even have the option to take a trip on an amphibian boat and get close to the icebergs for a different kind of view. This afternoon enjoy a Cultural Insight at the Thorbergur Centre where you'll learn about one of Iceland's most famous writers - complete with a cake and coffee or tea. Spend the evening in Höfn, the lobster capital of Iceland.

Hotel

Edda

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Edda

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 3

Day 4

Höfn – Eastern fjords – Lake Lagarfljot Day 4 - Höfn – Eastern fjords – Lake Lagarfljot

Make sure your camera is charged as you start the day with a drive through the Almannaskard pass where you can stop and admire the majestic coastline. Continue onto the towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea that form the magnificent East Fjords. You might decide to visit Petra's Mineral Collection in Stödvarfjördur. Learn about Petra, this well-known and beloved local while you wander amongst her vast collection. Tonight stay in the forest on the shores of Lake Lagarfljot in the Egilsstadir area.

Hotel

Hallormsstadur

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Hallormsstadur

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Optional Experiences

Glacier Lagoon Experience

During this exciting boat trip on the lagoon, we'll sail among huge icebergs in the picturesque scenery of Jökulsárlón. We'll also taste the 1000-year-old ice and, if we're lucky, might even see some seals!

Adult Price: €37.00

Day 4

Day 5

Lake Lagarfljot – Dettifoss – Lake Myvatn – Akureyri (2 Nights) Day 5 - Lake Lagarfljot – Dettifoss – Lake Myvatn – Akureyri (2 Nights)

Explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Mödrudalsöræfi, heading to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall. Continue towards Námaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colours. Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Myvatn area including the magical lava formations of Dimmuborgir. Head towards the bustling northern port of Akureyri with a stop at the magnificent Godafoss waterfall. Akureyri boasts some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Hotel

Kea Akureyri

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Kea Akureyri

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Optional Experiences

Petra's Stones

Join us on a visit to Petra's Stone and Mineral Collection, formerly this local legend's home and now a museum. Petra amassed a rich collection of rocks and minerals during her lifetime in this active volcanic region. Admire her unique collection wandering the beautiful landscaped gardens and displays in the museum.

Adult Price: €8.50

Day 5

Day 6

Akureyri – Siglufjördur Excursion Day 6 - Akureyri – Siglufjördur Excursion

The town of Siglufjördur is nestled in a dramatic fjord on the very edge of Iceland's steep northern mountains. You'll have the option to visit the award-winning Herring Era Museum, and have time to explore Siglufjördur at your leisure. Walk along the harbour, visit the church, one of the local art galleries, cafés and shops. Arrive back to Akureyri in the afternoon with time to explore further. Dinner is included at your hotel tonight.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 6

Day 7

Akureyri – Stykkishólmur Day 7 - Akureyri – Stykkishólmur

Majestic mountains and narrow passes lead to the Skagafjördur area famous for horses and history. In this region enjoy a Be My Guest lunch on a horse farm and learn about the unique Icelandic horse breed. Overnight in the picturesque Stykkishólmur.

Hotel

Stykkisholmur

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Hotel

Stykkisholmur

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Optional Experiences

Whale Watching

Enjoy a boat tour that will take you on a search for majestic whales through stunning landscapes and beautiful coastlines. The frequency of sightings makes this the perfect day excursion for travelers in North Iceland.

Adult Price: €72.00

Herring Era Museum Visit

Visit Iceland‘s largest maritime museum, formerly an old salting station which was abandoned after the collapse of the herring stock in 1969. Siglufjordur was once the center of the herring fisheries in Iceland, and the herring played a very large role in the nations economy and industry, providing as much as 44% of the nations export income during some years.

Adult Price: €10.00

Day 7

Day 8

Stykkishólmur – Snæfellsnes Peninsula – Reykjavik (2 Nights) Day 8 - Stykkishólmur – Snæfellsnes Peninsula – Reykjavik (2 Nights)

Snæfellsnes is a unique area with a variety of geological interest such as lava fields, volcanoes, glacier, springs, beautiful formed rock, yellow and black sand beaches and caves as well as interesting bird life. The main attraction is without a doubt Snæfellsjökull glacier, a beautifully shaped strato volcano at the very end of the peninsula. The glacier is also known as the location for Jules Verne's novel 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth', captured in the unspoilt natural wonder surrounding it. This afternoon complete your circuit around Iceland as you arrive back in Reykjavik.

Hotel

Grand Reykjavik

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Grand Reykjavik

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Taste of Iceland

On this incredible boat tour you'll view scores of birds, sail around numerous islands, explore strangely-shaped cliffs, and experience exceptionally-strong tidal currents. The first taste of Iceland will be fresh shellfish and delicacies we'll catch straight from the sea - the freshest appetizer possible! The next taste will be a wonderful-light dinner in the ship's restaurant.

Adult Price: €79.00

Day 8

Day 9

Reykjavik Sightseeing and Blue Lagoon Visit and Bathe Day 9 - Reykjavik Sightseeing and Blue Lagoon Visit and Bathe

Explore Reykjavik on a sightseeing tour this morning. See all the city's major attractions including the Parliament, the harbour, the National Museum, Laugadalur swimming pool and the city's main landmark, the Hallgrímskirkja church standing on the top of a hill in the city centre. This afternoon experience a Cultural Insight when you visit and bathe in the world-famous Blue Lagoon (please remember to pack you swimwear). Celebrate tonight with a Farewell Dinner.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 9

Day 10

Depart Reykjavik Day 10 - Depart Reykjavik

Say goodbye to your travel companions after an unforgettable trip. Transfers are provided to Keflavik airport. Conditions apply.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 10

Available Departures

Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/sa/tours/ultimate-iceland for the latest discounts & departure information.

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Visit a local horse farm where you'll learn about the pure Icelandic breed, visit the stables and enjoy a delicious traditional homemade lunch

  • Cultural Insights
    Learn about the legacy of the famous Icelandic writer Thorbergur Thordarson over coffee and cake and bathe in the warm waters of the geothermal Blue Lagoon

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Reykjavik

    • See Eldhraun lava field, Vatnajökull glacier, Eastern fjords and Lake Myvatn

    • View the Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, the Möðrudalsöræfi plateau, Dettifoss waterfall, boiling mud pools at the Námaskarð pass, lava formations at Dimmuborgir and the Godafoss waterfall

    • Visit the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavik and the world famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa


What's Included

Dining

    • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 6 dinners

    • 1 lunch
      (Be My Guest)


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


Why Trafalgar?

The Trafalgar Experience

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Meet

Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


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Taste

Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


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Unwind

Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 75 Reviews

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : Outstanding tour guide and bus driver. We were able to see many wonderful sights and even some special extras. There was a lot of good information and plenty to do every day which was great.Product : Excellent variety of natural wonders as well as towns to visit. We visited so

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : the timing and pacing of the trip was well plannedProduct : we saw all parts of the island, a circle route

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : More evening meals should be included on the trip as arrivals at accomadation were often at meal time and the weather made it difficult to walk anywhere in rain and wind.The arrival times of most travellers at the hotel for the start of this trip was before 9am, rooms were not

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : There were 44 in our group. Our driver managed to move all luggage while keeping inventory along the way. Amazing featProduct : The 2 night hotel stay was timely as the bus was getting old. Nice to not have to pack up every night. Good blend of "on your own" experience other

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : Very good tour; tour director very knowledgeable, kept us informed on daily activities. We are used to having a posting of information on a hotel board, but she did not do that. Never received a list of emails of other guestsProduct : Saw everything possible on this itinerary.

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